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Practice 3- WET
Practice 3 started with rain falling and the very best of the field were being caught out in the rain, Max was off at turn 3, Norris was off in the same place, with Perez also find the gravel, all recovering with no damage. Redbull reserve driver and Redbull Academy driver Liam Lawson completed his first few laps around the wet Zandvoort after his very short notice call to driver after the news Daniel Ricciardo had broken his hand and couldn't compete any further in the weekends racing.
The run down to turn 1 became a real challenge for the Ferrari's who both had issues stopping into the first corner, both almost hitting the wall, but running was brief and at 37 minutes to go running was halted again by a Red flag for the beached Alfa Romeo of Guanyu Zhou, who went off at turn 13 and got himself stuck in the wet gravel.
When the pit lane lights went green again with 26 minutes to go the Mclaren's were loving the conditions and their cars, swapping top times lap after lap, Russell and Perez however were both low down the order in 15th & 16th. Both Ferrari's and Fernando Alonso took further trips into the run off at turn but didn't hit the wall, Ocon was not so lucky and he hit the wall with a fair bump damaging his front wing but recovering to return to the pit lane.
With 3 to go the rain was falling and big names like Sainz, Hamilton and Leclerc found themselves in the drop zone, Sainz set a decent time followed by the Hamilton putting both drivers safely into the top 10 but Leclerc had a much harder lap but managed to just avoid going out in Q1 by getting a time worthy of 14th just keeping him in for Q2.
Q2- Wet but drying
Sargeant gets through to Q3 for the first time this season and the first time Williams have had both cars into Q3 in 2023.
Q3- Almost a dry track
On to tomorrow for the Dutch Grand Prix, lets hope the weather gives up as much controversy then as it has today.
Writer @ F1 Journal